Longtime owner of Triple-A PawSox dies at 85

The longtime owner of the Boston Red Sox Triple-A affiliate in Rhode Island has died. Ben Mondor was 85.

The Pawtucket Red Sox said in a statement on their website that Mondor died Sunday night at his home in Warwick. No cause of death was given.

Mondor bought the then-bankrupt team in 1977 determined to keep the team fan friendly and family affordable.

The native of Quebec was named Sporting News Minor League Executive of the Year in 1999 and was inducted into the parent club's hall of fame in 2004.

He was also inducted into the International League Hall of Fame in 2008.

Funeral arrangements are pending.